Floor Cupboards

 

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Firstly remove the ‘skids’ (the packers) that have been screwed to the underside of the legs for protection.

 

You will now note the cupboards have a recessed top. This is so the cupboards can be secretly fixed. There are two ways to achieve this:

1) To screw through to a batten already fixed to the wall through the top lip (the uppermost strip cupboard back shows above the structural top). This enables you to keep the cupboards as tight as possible to the wall.

2) To take a notch out of this lip and fix a length of standard 2” x 1” batten flat to the top of the cupboard with an extension sticking out the back of what is desired off the wall. This can then be fixed down into a batten that has been fixed along the wall.

The legs are best fixed together behind the hinges so that the screw holes don’t show, and should be fixed to the floor either with a bracket behind the leg or an angled screw into the floor (this should be avoided if you have underfloor heating).

 

Scribing the cupboards is perhaps the trickiest job to be carried out. In our experience it is best to set out all the cupboards on whatever packers are required to establish an absolute level worktop. At this point it does not matter how high the worktop is off the floor. You will need to establish the highest point of your floor and at this point will be the smallest packer. Measure 870mm from the top of the cupboard (if using a 30mm worktop or 880mm if using a 20mm worktop) and mark this point on the leg of this particular cupboard. Now open your school compass with a sharp (!) HB pencil, so that the point is on the floor and the pencil is pointing to the mark you just made. This is your set scribe dimension. With the cupboards still temporarily in place and level, using the school compass mark a pencil line following the line of your floor across both the leg and the skirting. You will now see a line across all of your cupboards, which is your scribe line. This is where your hand saw comes in to use, or jigsaw if the scribe line is very uneven. We would suggest that the line is undercut, in other words, perfect at the front but perhaps 2-3mm less at the back. The cupboards are now set down in their correct place and if you have followed these instructions, should sit perfectly on the floor.